Tips on fishing the Housatonic shared Oct. 18

Paul Dinice to speak to Nutmeg Trout Unlimited

Paul Dinice will share his expertise on Fly Fishing for Stripers on the Housatonic at the next meeting of Nutmeg Trout Unlimited Chapter 217 on Tuesday, Oct. 18, from 7 to 9 p.m.

The meeting will be held at The Original Vazzy’s, 513 Broadbridge Road, Bridgeport.

Nutmeg TU is the local chapter of Trout Unlimited a conservation and fishing organization. Nutmeg TU holds monthly meetings offering various presentations from experts on fly and other types of fishing and conservation. Meetings are open to the public.

Dinice, 62, is a lifelong Derby resident who began spin fishing and fly fishing at a very early age, thanks to an uncle who took all the family kids fishing on his one day off a week. In 1980 Dinice’s fishing focus turned exclusively to fly fishing. In 1985 he made his first foray into salt water fly fishing.

He is a member of virtually every fly fishing club and organization in Connecticut and involved in environmentally based organizations such as Trout Unlimited, Connecticut Audubon Society, and the Coastal Conservation Association. His home organization is the Housatonic Fly Fisherman’s Association, and for 35 years he has written the Fly of the Month for the HFFA newsletter and website. His closer crab” pattern appeared in the 2012 Winter edition Fly Tyer Magazine.

Dinice contributed photographs and writings about fishing the Housatonic to the book Over-Winter Striper Secrets by Capt. Al Anderson. He has also organized numerous small fly fishing expos in Connecticut. Dinice is a member of the Derby Inland Wetlands Commission and has been employed by the Town of Orange as the Zoning Administrator for the past 36 years.

The Oct. 18 presentation to Nutmeg TU will focus on the Housatonic River. Learn how an angler can catch trophy trout at the foot of the Berkshires, then travel an hour south to the river mouth between Stratford and Milford and catch striped bass the same day. The slide show covers fishing locations on the “lower” Housy from the Ousatonic Dam in Derby to the Long Island Sound. Dinice will cover river access points, fishing gear, flies/baitfish imitations, fishing techniques, and an array of photos of successful fishermen. He will have a limited number of  A Guide to Stripers n the Housatonic.

The meeting is open to the public free of charge; food and a cash bar are available.

Nutmeg Chapter of Trout Unlimited 217 encompasses Fairfield, Westport, Weston, Easton,  Redding, Trumbull, Monroe, Bridgeport, Stratford, Milford and Shelton. Its mission is to conserve, protect and restore coldwater fisheries and their watersheds, particularly in local rivers such as the Saugatuck, Mill, Aspetuck, Pequonnock and Farmill. More information can be found at nutmegtrout.org.

Paul Dinice, pictured with a striped bass he caught off Cape Cod, will share his insights into fishing the Housatonic River when he talks with the Nutmeg Chapter of Trout Unlimited Tuesday, Oct. 18, at 7 p.m.

Paul Dinice, pictured with a striped bass he caught off Cape Cod, will share his insights into fishing the Housatonic River when he talks with the Nutmeg Chapter of Trout Unlimited Tuesday, Oct. 18, at 7 p.m.

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